Active living is an approach to community design that integrates physical activity into daily routines. The mission of the Active Living Network is to build a national coalition of leaders who have a stake in the way places are designed and built, and to support their efforts to create and promote activity-friendly communities.
An active living environment:
- Is walkable
- Supports, encourages and promotes physical activity
- Is designed to support compact development, mixed use, accessibility and public transit
- Locates activities of daily living within walking distance along an interconnected network of streets, sidewalks and paths, thereby increasing incentives for walking and decreasing driving
- Has sidewalks, on-street bicycle facilities, multi-use paths and trails, parks, open space and recreational facilities
- Promotes policies that encourage mixed-use development and a connected grid of streets, allowing homes, work, schools and stores to be close together and accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists
- Makes being physically active 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week easy, convenient and pleasurable
Inter-Organizational Web Links
Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian Award Program 2003
- Grand Canyon Greenway Proof of Concept Objectives and Result
- City of Glendale, California
- Perils for Pedestrians- An Ongoing Monthly Cable Television Series and Companion Website:
- Virginia Department of Transportation: Smart Traffic Signal System:
Implementation of State of the Art Pedestrian Capacity and Safety Measures 2002-2003.
- Redevelopment Project:
Avenue-Honore-Mercier, Quebec City
- Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Policy
- I-405/Jeffrey Road Trail.
Overcrossing. RBF Consulting.
- Research to Review British Columbia’s existing pedestrian signal operations to identify operational and safety concerns and quantify problems observed with their
- Santa Ana Pedestrian Safety Initiative
- Proventure Bridge Project: Integrating Communities with Pedestrian Facilities. City of Winnipeg Public Works
- City of Edmonton’s Curb Ramp
- Improve Safety of Pedestrians using Transit Stops and Crossing Park Avenue. Park City,
- Raised Pedestrian Crosswalks and Traffic Calming Improvements for Pedestrian Safety on Maple Drive, University of South Florida, Tampa,
- Rideau Canal Pedestrian Crossing: Planning and Environmental Assessment Report
- Design and Construction of a Multi-use trail for pedestrians, away from Traffic and which meets Accessibility
Guidelines. Bismarck Parks and Recreation District.
- Design of a Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge over
I-25. Completes the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall from Downtown Denver to the Highland Neighborhood.
- Route 9A Reconstruction. Project design included pedestrian access and safety elements, traffic calming and architectural treatments helping to create a sense of
place/community. New York Department of Transportation.
- Maricopa Association of Governments. Pedestrian Design Assistance Program. Program stimulates integration of pedestrian facilities into planning and design of infrastructure and
Countywide pedestrian safety program to reduce the number of
pedestrian crashes and fatalities
- Waters Edge. A 68-acre Traditional Neighborhood Development in Kuna
Idaho. Transforming an area with virtually no pedestrian facilities to an area with high-quality pedestrian amenities.
- City of San Francisco Pedestrian
Program. San Francisco is the 4th most dangerous city for pedestrians in the United States. Project objective is to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths by 10% by December 2003; Roadmap to Reduce Pedestrian Injuries.
- Green Ribbon
Month. Started in 1998 by the Davis County Safe Kids Coalition with the intent of protecting children from being hit by motor vehicles in school zones and crosswalks. Although the program started in one county, the successful program soon spread statewide. Over 35,000 people participated last year in Utah. [PPA022]
- Design and Construction of a Pedestrian Bridge over 21st Avenue South Connecting Vanderbuilt University and Peabody College in Nashville,
- Edinburgh Trail Bridge. Design and Construction of a Grade-Separated Pedestrian-Bicycle Crossing over Minnesota Trunk Highway 252 Near the Intersection of 85th Avenue
- City of Tempe, Arizona Walk to School Day
2003. Tempe, Arizona
- Fifth Street Pedestrian Enhancement and Traffic Calming
Project. Tempe, Arizona.
- KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE
- Creating Walkable Communities, Upstate Region, South
- Route 71 Pedestrian Tunnel At Monmouth University
- Broadway “Diamondback” Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge Project. Southeast Metropolitan
- Fort Vancouver Way Pedestrian Safety Improvements at Clark
College. Vancouver, WA
- Transportation for Livable Communities
Program. San Francisco, CA.
- Design Standards for Pedestrian and Bicycle-Friendly, Environmentally Sensitive
Roadways. Montgomery County, MD.
- City-wide Pedestrian Countdown Signal
Program. San Francisco, CA.
- Denver Metro Safe Kids Coalition. Pedestrian Enhancements around Grant Ranch
School. Denver, CO.
- City of High Street Pedestrian
Improvements. Jackson, MS.
- Big Park Community School Pedestrian Access
- Lutticken’s Cove Subdivision. Trailway System and Pedestrian
- Pekin Park District Bike Trail connecting Miller Park on the Illinois Waterfront to Allentown
- La Canada High School Drop-Off and Signal
Project. City of La Canada Flintridge. City of Pascadena and La Canada Flintridge, CA
- Comprehensive Pedestrian Master
Plan. City of Oakland, California.
- Design and Engineering, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
- Land Use
- Designing Transportation Systems for Active Communities: Planning, Design and System Performance
Considerations, Moscovich, Jose Luis
- Creating Successful Communities: Making it
Happen!, Canby, Anne
- Transportation and Health
- A New Role for Public Health in Transportation: Creating and Supporting Community Models for Active
Transportation, Killingsworth, Richard E.